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BCS Chaos: Instant Classics
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2010 Season Instant Classics
Maximus21 vs. Mr2Bits
LSU vs. Florida I - Will the rematch in the SEC Championship live up to the first OT thrilla?
Gators defeat Tigers in OT, 20-17
This game proved to be another instant classic in the Florida / LSU saga. The game started slowly as both defenses asserted themselves early. LSU was winning the field position battle, having pinned Florida at their own 1 yard line, when:
Jeff Demps takes it 99 yards to the house! 7-0 Florida.
On the ensuing LSU possession Jordan Jefferson would go down on an option play. A few moments later, former starter Jarrett Lee stepped in and threw an interception. Then word came from the LSU bench that Jordan Jefferson was done for 12 weeks, i.e., the rest of the season. It was about to get worse for the Tigers:
Brantley hits Demps on the screen to put Florida up 14-0
But LSU would make a valiant comeback. Down 14-3 in the 3rd quarter, the Tiger offense would strike:
Rueben Randle took this screen 46 yard to cut the lead to 4, 14-10.
After what seemed like a slew of turnovers, LSU would take the lead on this Jarrett Lee pass:
JUKE! TD LSU! 17-14 Tigers.
The Gators would move down the field and tack on a FG to tie the game at 17 with under 2:00 remaining. LSU was driving, but an Ahmad Black INT all but put the game away. HOWEVER, Florida miss-managed the clock and allowed it to expire before getting the FG unit on the field. So we went to Overtime in the Swamp.
Florida lost the toss and got the ball first. The Gators could only manage a FG. LSU then took over and after Florida held them on 3rd and 2, coach Maximus, very true to Les Miles form, elected to go for it on 4th and 2:
Jenoris Jenkins' pass deflection gave Florida the win.
After the game coach 2Bits said "I have all the respect in the world for coach Maximus, his staff and his team. I would not be surprised at all to see them again this year."
great game Maximus.
DrunkenSoldier vs. BigTubb_
link to highlights on dynasty wire
Maximus vs. Jvigorous1
"LSU is going down. Might be a close one but you'll see the Hokies come out on top." -- Coach Jvigorous
#3 @ #10
This intra-conference battle held major BCS implication for both schools. The #3 Hokies needed a win to stay highly ranked and maintain their title hopes, while #10 LSU needed a signature victory against a top opponent to gain confidence and get back onto the national scene after falling to Florida earlier in the season.
Coach Jvigorous of Va Tech predicted a close contest, but he guaranteed a victory. Coach Maximus knew about the guarantee but he chose to stay out of the guarantee-fest and out of the media spotlight.
Both teams were without their original starting QBs, as Tyrod Taylor missed the game with a sprained elbow. Jordan Jefferson, as you may recall, is out for the rest of the season with a dislocated elbow. Logan Thomas and Jarrett Lee have been called upon to lead their teams. In many cases that means handing the ball off to Ryan Williams, Darren Evans, or Richard Murphy and getting out of the way.
Va Tech won the coin toss and chose to kick off to the Tigers. LSU moved the ball well on the ground but got pass happy later in the drive and was forced to punt. The Hokies rushing attack proved formidable, as their long drive was capped by a 2 yard Darren Evans TD early in the 2nd qtr. On the ensuing drive, Jarrett Lee was sacked and he fumbled the ball back to VT. Luckily for the Tigers, CB Morris Claiborne picked off Logan Thomas. The Tigers chose to pound the rock again, and HB Richard Murphy went up the gut for a 21 yard score to tie the game at 7.
HB Ryan Williams made a pitch for Heisman consideration on the first possession of the 2nd half, breaking at least 4 tackles on his 69 yard TD. LSU struck back with an 18 yard TD pass to WR Reuben Randle. Towards the end of the 3rd HB Darren Evans gave VT a 21-14 lead with a 1 yard plunge.
OLB Alonzo Tweedy picked off LSU's Lee which lead to a 10 yard rushing TD by Logan Thomas on a read option. The Va Tech lead now stood at 28-14.
Jarrett Lee was sacked for a 10 yard loss, leading to a 4th & 20.
WR John Williams first catch of the season keeps the game alive for the Bayou Bengals.
Before that miraculous play, few fans thought a comeback was afoot. TE Mitch Joseph, in for the injured Deangelo Peterson, and QB Jarrett Lee had other ideas.
That 8 yard TD cut the deficit to 28-21.
CB Patrick Peterson, the unquestioned best player and leader of the LSU Tigers knew it was his time to step up on the next VT drive.
Va Tech's Thomas began to feel flustered by the LSU faithful, and his play suffered late in the game. The INT by Peterson set up the Tigers with a chance to tie the game.
The Tech defense was not about to lay down though, as they made it very tough on the the Tigers. A 4th & Goal play from the 8 yard line would decide if this contest would head to overtime:
For the second drive in a row, Lee hits Joseph with an 8 yard TD. This one sends the game into overtime.
Va Tech won the OT coin toss and chose to play defense first. The LSU offense was stuffed twice on a 2nd & 1 and 3rd & 1. While contemplating going for it on 4th down, Coach Maximus chose to take the FG.
Virginia Tech's next move proved quite costly:
Peterson's 2nd INT of the game sealed the LSU victory, the first against such a highly ranked opponent in Coach Maximus' BCS Chaos career.
Virginia Tech 28
LSU 31 (OT)
2011 Instant Classics===============================================================================================================================================================
JerzeyReign vs. DrunkenSoldier
Mr2Bits vs. Maximus21Florida @ LSU
#3 Florida @ #1 LSU
Both Florida and LSU came into this game looking to stake a claim to SEC supremacy. While this was certainly not an elimination game, both teams knew that a loss would put them in the hole in the national title hunt.
After each team exchanged punts, Mike Gillislee would score from 6 yards out to give the Gators a 7-0 lead. The Tigers would respond in kind:
Jordan Jefferson's pass to Steven Ridley tied the game at 7.
Jefferson's mobility was an issue for Florida. There were 3 or 4 times when Florida had LSU in 3rd and long and Jefferson was able to move the chains with his feet, including one 3rd and 23 first down scramble!
Up 10-7 in the second quarter, LSU would surge into the lead:
Ridley shoots the gap to put the Tigers up 17-7
I'm not going to lie: coach 2Bits headset hit the ground after this TD run. Florida needed to regroup and get a score fast. Gator fans were worried that we were headed for a repeat of the 2nd half of last year's SEC Championship game, where LSU overpowered Florida up front. On Florida's next drive LSU dialed up a blitz package, and coach 2Bits was ready:
Mike Gillislee takes the screen to the house! 17-14 LSU
The next score was one of the most miraculous / ridiculous plays in the history of this rivalry. LSU drove the ball down into FG range, when sophomore stud Ronald Powell hit Jordan Jefferson and DT Omar Hunter picked off the pass:
Big ole Omar Hunter rumbles 60 yards for the score! 21-17 Florida at the half
The third quarter was a defensive struggle. The biggest development was injuries. John Brantley was sacked on a 2nd down pass and knocked out for the game. To add insult to injury, Jenoris Jenkins was knocked out on the next series. Florida went into bunker mode, but LSU drove the field and scored to push the lead to 24-21.
After a quick Florida punt, LSU drove the field, but missed a 54 yard FG. Trey Burton had 2 minutes to drive the field to set up OT, but on 2nd down he hit Andre Debose who tip-toed the sideline for 40 yards down to the LSU 9. After a Mike Gillislee run, Burton dropped back to pass...
...and hit Andre Debose in the slot FTW! 28-24 Florida.
Burton finished the game 5-6 for 70 plus yards. This was a huge win for the Gators, but will not mean a thing unless they can get to Atlanta and win.
Final Score: Florida 28 LSU 24
Jvigorous1 vs. Maximus21 @ #7 This battle of the titans was eerily similar to last season's harrowing tilt at Death Valley. The overtime fireworks were firing again, this time in Lane Stadium.We take you to the 3rd qtr with LSU leading Va Tech 9-3 and on the Hokies 30 yard line. Rather than playing smart and at least getting another FG, the Tigers tried to get cute with an option on 3rd down.Hokies LB Bruce Taylor took the pitch away from LSU and returned it 71 yards for the score and a 10-9 Va Tech lead.The spectacular LSU offense followed that up with another bonehead turnover:To make matters worse, Hokie HB Ryan Williams took a wildcat handoff 42 yards, giving Va Tech a 17-9 lead.Early in the 4th qtr, LSU HB Michael Ford capped a scoring drive from 5 yards out. Coach Maximus had his head up his ass so he went for the extra point instead of the tying 2 pt conversion.The Hokies would hit a FG to extend their lead to 20-16, setting the stage for an unbelievable ending.[YOUTUBE]Mtlp8iksUK0[/YOUTUBE]QB Jordan Jefferson uncorks a 40 yard bomb to WR Reuben Randle, taking a 23-20 lead in the process, with 31 seconds left in the 4th. You might think that would be the end of this tale, but hell no.[YOUTUBE]cAeg_4eGcC0[/YOUTUBE]Va Tech WR Danny Coale catches a long throw down the middle and breaks a tackle from LSU SS Brandon Taylor. This play set up a 46 yard tying FG by the Hokies as regulation ended.LSU won the overtime coin toss and chose to play defense first. Va tech QB JuJu Clayton made quick work of the Tigers, scoring on a scramble up the middle.Now it was LSU's Jordan Jefferson's turn for some scrambling magic:[YOUTUBE]GUU-XoZBygA[/YOUTUBE]The score to WR Chris Tolliver sent the game into double overtime.Now LSU was looking for a TD to avoid losing on Va Tech's possession. Luckily (from my point of view) they found that TD in the form of a pass to TE Deangelo Peterson:[YOUTUBE]D5T0Rm4C2tY[/YOUTUBE]Now it was up to the LSU defense to protect the lead. They got it to 4th and inches and then made the play of the year up to this point:[YOUTUBE]dHlIC9xWC8c[/YOUTUBE]HB Darren Evans is stuffed, and the Tigers win it!If you look closer you will notice the worst attempt at a block by a FB in history, but what can ya do?
Va Tech 30
BigTubb vs. DrunkenSoldier
LambeauLeap vs. Maximus#25 Auburn 19 at #7 LSU 16
Another classic game against Maximus. I was lucky to squeak out a W.
It was a big time defensive battle for most of the game. Neither team could finish drives and get into the end zone until the second half.
The first quarter was all Auburn in terms of time and possession. The defense started the game holding LSU to two 3 and outs. Although Auburn got some first downs and moved the ball on offense, they only settled for two FG's.
The second quarter was just the reverse. LSU started to move the ball on offense but also failed to reach the endzone and settled for just 2 FG's tying the game 6-6 going into halftime. Running the ball against a stout LSU defense was nearly impossible. Auburn's McCalebb/Dyer combo combined for only 17 carries for 32 yards, and as a team Auburn averaged just 1.5 yards a carry. Needless to say, the passing game was Auburn's only chance to move the ball on offense, and the second half featured a lot of throws by Cam Newton.
The second half turned into a field position game, much like the first half. Both defenses played very well and prevented big plays from their opponent. A third FG by each team made the score 9-9, and after a LSU fumble recovered by Auburn gave the Tigers an opportunity to take a lead with less than 3 minutes to play. But disaster struck for Auburn:
This put LSU up 16-9 with 2:33 left to play in the 4th quarter. Things looked dire for Auburn, as LSU's defense already negated the run and caused 3 interceptions by Cam Newton. Newton stayed calm, and put together a nice drive capped with a great TD catch by WR Jeremy Richardson:
Game tied 16-16 with 21 seconds left to play. Overtime seemed inevitable. But then................
Huge break for Auburn. Game winning FG as time expired let Auburn steal a win in Deaf Valley.
2012 Instant Classics=========================================================================================================================================
Nail-Biter in Columubus: The Trojans win a heart pounding game 31-28
#10 vs #7
Columbus, Ohio--The 2012 USC vs Ohio State match-up was supposed to be a battle between two top 5 teams. However, a early season loss by both teams shook up the national order. Both teams looked to bounce back in a major way this week. With National title hopes on the line the 2012 USC vs Ohio State game turned into an intense- hard hitting battle with players getting knocked out of the game and defensive turnovers from bone crushing hits. Ironically, this game turned out eerily similar to the 2009 USC vs Ohio State game. The USC Trojans were pinned inside their own ten yard line, when senior quarterback Matt Barkley, sophmore tailback DJ Morgan and senior wideout Devon Flournoy used the USC vs Ohio State 2012 game as their coming-out party.
Barkley's clutch play, Morgan's rushes and Flournoy's catches drove USC through 91 yards in about two minutes and thirty seconds, giving the Trojans an 31-28 win. Though Ohio State had a much harder time with USC than expected, the Buckeyes had no reason to feel salty. It was a real battle for the Buckeyes, even their wide receiver Duron Carter said “It was just a hard-nosed, hard-fought battle to the end.”
The first quarter was a defensive struggle. Both teams jocked for field position as they felt each other out. Running inside was particularily hard for the Trojans early on as John Simon (99) and Garrett Goebel (93) of Ohio State stuffed the inside. When I tried to bounce the ball outside the Ohio State linebackers Jordan Whiting (90), Storm Klein (89) and Dorian Bell (88) crushed my running backs. Luckily my defensive front played a great first half as well.
In the second quarter the Trojans got on the board first with a 20yd FG. The 3 point lead didn't last long. Ben used a long 3 minute drive capped by a 36 TD run by Roderick Smith to take a 7-3 lead.
The Trojans answered with a two-minute drive that was capped by a DJ Morgan TD-Run with 30 seconds remaining in the first half. On the second play from scrimmage, Dawson hiked the ball to pass, held the ball for two seconds then ran down the sideline for a 72 yd gain.
On the next play, Dawson hiked the ball ran to the right again, then threw back across the middle for a TD with 0:00 on the clock to take the 14-10 lead at the half.
The third quarter proved to be a stellar defensive quarter for the Trojans. The Buckeyes received the ball first and drove the ball down the field. However, the USC defense stepped up and forced a fumble. Devon Kennard picked up the fumble and returned the fumble 82 yards for a TD.
On the next Buckeye offensive possession the Trojans forced a punt. The Trojans began to use the clock and drove the ball down the field. When we passed we messed up. Barkley threw the ball across the middle to Flournoy. Flournoy got crushed and fumbled the ball.
Pissed off that the Ohio State defense had sacked my QB four times, knocked out woods in the first quarter and crushed Flournoy on the last play, I blitzed on Ohio state's first play from scrimmage. I blitzed my ROLB to stop the toss on first down, zoned my other 3 linebackers and blitzed my SS. The zone blitz made freshman quaterback Dawson hold the ball a split second to long. Luckily SS Tj McDonald was in the right position to grab the interception after I blitzed him.
At the end of the third quarter the Trojans led 24-14.
The Buckeyes did not quit. The Buckeyes scored early in the fourth quarter on a 4yd TD run by Smith (his second of the day). This score cut the Trojan lead to just 3 points 24-21. The Trojans mindset was to hold the ball and try to score last. However a holding call on first down put the Trojans in a bind. If I thrw the ball I would stop the clock but I needed to throw to get back the yardage lost on the holding call. Eventually I had to punt the ball. Luckily the Buckeyes scored quick. Buckeye running back Jordan Hall ran the ball 59yds for a go ahead score, 28-24.
Yet, the Buckeyes left Matt Barkley 2:40 and one timeout to operate. Barkley let a 14play drive that culiminated in a 6yd pass to Devon Flounoy with 9 seconds to go in the game. However it was Flournoy's 27yd reception on 4th down, the play befor the TD, that was the most impressive. .
The Game-winning TD pass to Flournoy. .
LSU 24 Florida 31
Florida and LSU came into this match-up on different paths. LSU, the 2 time defending SEC champions, were looking to continue their run toward a possible national title. Florida, losers of 3 out of 4 games this season, was looking to line up on offense correctly and complete a pass. Although LSU has owned the SEC over the past two years, coach Maximus has a losing record against Florida. Things were not looking good for the Bayou Bengals early, for on the opening play from scrimmage...
Trey Burton takes it 80 yards to the house!
Turnovers and poor field position plagued LSU all game. The Tigers were backed up at their own 1 when Dee Finely came off the edge to block this punt:
After a LSU fumble, the Gators would get on the board on another Trey Butron run - 16-0 Gators. Coach Maximus would then switch to 4 and 5 wide sets and pass the ball down field to set up this Russel Shepherd score:
16-7 Florida at the half
The second half was a back and forth affair. Florida would go up 23-7 on another Trey Burton run, but LSU would counter with a Fitzpatrick TD to Ruben Randel. After an LSU FG to cut Florida's lead to 6, Fitzpatrick would find TE Geoff White in the corner of the endzone:
TD LSU! 24-23
Now Trey Burton would attempt to do what he could not do against Miami and Michigan: lead the Gators to a 4th quarter victory. With under a minute to go, Burton drove Florida into LSU territory in an attempt to set up a game winning FG, when the embattled QB caught LSU in an overload blitz:
Burton barely got this pass off, and Chris Dunkley did the rest. Great game Maximus.
Player of the Game: Trey Burton - 10/23, 151 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 13 car, 115 yards, 3 TDs
Next: South Carolina
#14 @ #6 This game will likely determine which of these two teams gets to go to Georgia at the end of the season for the SEC Championship Game. Auburn came in undefeated and LSU had a conference loss to Florida. If LSU can manage to win out then they will hold the head to head tiebreaker over the Tigers of Auburn.A 1st qtr. 9 yard TD pass from QB Adam Firtzpatrick to WR Reuben Randle gave LSU a 7-0 lead and a boost of offensive confidence. However, it turned out to be the best play by the offense all day. LSU ended the first half with 10-3 lead after the two squads traded field goals in the 2nd qtr.The field goal parade continued in the 3rd qtr., with each team putting one on the board in the frame. The 4th qtr., like the entire game was all about defense. Auburn got deep into LSU territory, ending up with a 1st & goal at the LSU 4 yard line. The next 4 plays could turn out to be the turning point for LSU's 2012 season. 3 consecutive runs were stopped before crossing the goalline and on 4th down the LSU pass rush was able to fluster Auburn QB Clint Moseley into an inaccurate throw that fell harmlessly to the turf.LSU was able to gain a first down on their next possession but did have to punt the ball back to Auburn with just over a minute remaining. A 4th & 10 play resulted in a 9 yard completion but LSU CB Brandon Anderson, who had an INT earlier in the game, was able to make the tackle shy of the 1st down marker. The LSU victory was now complete.Week 9: Louisville
This was one hell of a ballgame folks. You wouldn't know it by the 421 yards of total offense racked up by the Buckeyes, but the LSU defense actually made some big plays. CB Brandon Anderson really came to play on this day. Both of his INTs set up LSU touchdowns. LSU HB Michael Ford, playing in his final collegiate game, had a huge say in the outcome. His 3 TDs and 133 yards were the best thing going for the Tigers offense. Even his performance could not match the rushing effort by Ohio State. Between QB Byron Dawson and HBs Jordan Hall, Jamaal Berry, and Roderick Smith, they racked up 204 yards and 4 TDs. It was certainly quite a performance by the Buckeyes.As is usually the case, turnovers played a key role in the game. Dawson ended up throwing 3 INT while his counterpart, LSU's Adam Fitzpatrick had none. Thanks to those picks, LSU lead 35-17 at halftime. Ohio State was undeterred, as they fought back with a fury, outscoring the Tigers 21-6 in the second half. The LSU offense struggled mightily, notching just 2 FGs in the 3rd qtr. The 4th qtr. was all about trying to hold on for dear life against the Buckeye attack.On the penultimate play by the Buckeyes they faced a 3rd and 9. QB Byron Dawson dropped back to pass and saw a running lane to his right. He took off on a mad dash. Luckily for the Tigers, FS Craig Loston had his eye on Dawson and was able to tackle him just before the 1st down marker, setting up 4th and inches. We would have loved to show you that play but the camera guy had the cap on the lense from his late 90's video camera. Anyway, the game came down to this one last play. If LSU made the stop it would be lights out for the Scarlet and Red.Ohio State's Roderick Smith took the handoff running left and he was immediately stuffed by LSU RE J.R. Ferguson. Surely this play will go down as the highlight of the LSU season (amongst a few lowlights). The stop preserved the 41-38 victory for the Bayou Bengals.Coach Maximus after the game: "Wow, that was something special. It seems like our games always come down to the wire and this one was no different. I gotta give a lot of credit to Ohio State. They got down early after some miscues but they fought back like crazy. We took advantage of those errors and we didn't really get going offensively in the second half, but our D was able to pick us up on those last 2 plays. I always hear 'that's why they play the games' and today I totally feel that way. Of course, it's a lot sweeter when our side emerges victorious. Coach benbuckeye has my respect, that is for sure. I mean I still hate the Buckeyes, don't get me wrong on that."
2013 Instant Classics==============================================================================================================
#1 Florida edges #6 FSU in OT Classic
Defending national champion rolls into #1 arch rival's house with a chance to ruin said rival's season and keep its national title hopes alive? Sign me up for that! Fans at The Swamp were treated to a game that lived up to the mid 90s hype of this rivalry. One thing is for sure: this will always be known as the Clarence Webster Game in the history of this rivalry.
Florida received the ball, and on the opening play from scrimmage:
Webster goes 76 yards up the gut for the score. 7-0 Gators.
But later in the 1st, speedster Anthony Lewis would counter for the Noles:
Lewis ties the game at 7.
The big news after this score was that Florida lost Trey Burton for 2 weeks, having inflamed his Vaginal tendinitis. FSU also lost Anthony Lewis, but the Seminole offense kept on rolling. In the 2nd quarter FSU would tack on a FG followed by a Wes Roberts 61 yard TD run. 17-7 FSU at the half.
Gator Nation was worried. No Burton, and FSU moving the ball almost at will. Florida State would take the 2nd half kick and march into Florida territory, but miss a FG. The, Clarence Webster would take over:
Webster takes the counter 80 yards to the house! 17-14 FSU.
After an FSU punt, Webster would strike again:
Last year's #1 recruit goes 94 yards and an FSU Killa is born! 21-17 Florida.
But the Seminoles would rally. Coach Forever mixes run and pass and Marcus Adams hooks up with Simon Wilson for a 14 yard score, 24-21 FSU.
The Gators, behind the arms and legs of Anthony Swain, drive the field and tack on a FG to tie the game. FSU drives with under two minutes to go, but Josh Shaw picks off Adams' pass in the Endzone to force OVERTIME
In the first OT Swain goes option right and then hits Mack Brown out of the backfield for the score. FSU takes the ball and Marcus Adams converts a key 4th and 6 to get the ball inside the ten. After 3 plays of minimal gain:
Cody Riggs knocks down Adams' pass on 4th down FTW!
Florida will play LSU again for the SEC and a spot in Pasadena for the BCS Championship game.
#2 @ #4 Michigan State came into Death Valley needing a win to secure a spot in the National Championship Game. 1 Loss LSU sat #4 in the BCS Poll, so they needed to win this game and then defeat #1 Florida in the SEC Championship Game in order to make it to the big game. The stakes couldn't be any higher.The big speed threat for the Spartans, WR Keith Mumphrey, came up huge early in the game. He beat CB Tyrann Mathieu for a 44 yard score in the 1st qtr. and followed that up by torching CB Brandon Anderson for a 48 yard TD in the 2nd qtr. Both plays came with no safety help, and the LSU defense learned not to use that strategy too often the rest of the way. Sparty's defense came to play early as well, keeping LSU off the scoreboard until the 1:32 mark in the 2nd qtr. At that time LSU WR James Wright, the 4th option on most pass attempts, beat what appeared to be zone coverage with a slant to the outside and made 2 men miss on his way to pay dirt. That score finally gave the Tiger faithful something to cheer about after they had been silenced by Mumphrey. The Spartans would add a 26 yard FG and looked to go into the half with a 17-7 lead, as there were only 32 seconds left. The Tiger offense had other ideas as they still had all 3 timeouts. QB Adam Fitzpatrick hit multiple targets as they moved down the field and the drive ended with a 23 yard TD strike to WR Kadron Boone. This, coupled with the fact that they would get the ball first in the 3rd qtr. really raised the Tigers spirits.LSU mixed in running and passing all the way into Sparty's red zone. There, sensing a big time blitz, Fitzpatrick found TE Travis Dickson over the middle for a 13 yard TD and a 21-17 lead. The Tiger defense would keep Mich St. off the scoreboard for all of the 3rd qtr. and much of the 4th. but this tale is far from over. The Spartans came up short on a 40 yard FG attempt that would have cut the lead to 21-20. LSU followed that up with a 44 yard FG from the ever reliable K John Martin.The previously stout LSU defense, which accounted for 3 interceptions and 1 fumble throughout the game feel apart at the end. 4 and 5 WR sets took Michigan State easily down the field and their drive ended with a 1 yard run by FB Martin Spencer with 1:11 left in the game. The TD tied the game at 24. By the end of the drive, LSU had given up hope of stopping their opponent and pretty much conceded the tie at that point. They really wanted to get the ball back on offense to avoid overtime. Rather than the time consuming and hopefully game ending drive that LSU wanted, they got a 92 yard kick return TD from WR James Wright. No one would turn down a score if the opportunity is there so Wright gave little thought to laying down to waste time.In fact, he should have done just that, since it took just 19 seconds for Sparty to pass all over the LSU defense and score on an 8 yard pass to WR Brad Davis. Once again, LSU had a chance to win the game. A 35 yard pass to WR Tharold Simon put the Tigers in good field goal range. A couple of runs forced the Spartans to burn their timeouts and K John Martin ended the insane affair with a 21 yard FG.Game NotesMichigan St.
QB Joe Boisture: 21/36, 451 Yards, 3 TD, 3 INT
HB Vince Jackson: 7 Att, 9 Yards
WR Keith Murphey: 7 Rec, 251 Yards, 2 TD
FS Chase Parker: 12 Total Tackles
SS Jairus Jones: 3 Tackles, 1 INT
Offense: 466 Total Yards, 17 1st Downs, 2/7 on 3rd Down, 1/1 on 4th Down (converted 4th and 5 from LSU 24 due to low kick power)
Defense: 7 TFL, 3 Sacks, 1 INT
QB Adam Fitzpatrick: 17/19, 285 Yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
HB Kenneth Harley: 20 Att, 77 Yards
WR Kadron Boone: 5 Rec, 81 Yards, 1 TD
WR Tharold Simon: 3 Rec, 99 Yards, 1 TD
WR Jason Wright: 3 Rec, 46 Yards, 1 TD; 92 Yard KR TD
FS Eric Reid: 3 Tackles, 2 INT, 1 Pass Deflection
SS Reggie Leak: 1 Tackle, 1 INT, 1 Pass Deflection
CB Tyrann Mathieu: 4 Tackles, 1 Fumble Recovered
ROLB Matt Davis: 3 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1 Sack
Offense: 339 Total Yards, 14 1st Downs, 2/8 on 3rd Down
Defense: 3 INT, 1 Fumble Recovered, 5 TFL, 2 Sacks
Next Game: SEC Championship Game vs #1 Florida
#13 Virginia Tech Hokies @ #1 USC Trojans
Pre game- This gridirion battle was set to play at Southern Cal. It was a beautiful 80 degrees but had some powerful 11 mph winds. USC Sophmore QB Kawika Siegal came into this game as one of the hottest quarterbacks in the nation with over 1300 yards passing, 17TDs, and 3 INTs. The Hokies SR RB David Wilson is one of the most explosive returners and running backs in the nation, returning two kickoffs for TDs and accumulating nearly 600 yards and 11 rushing TDs this season.
Va Tech would get the ball first and drove down the field with a power run attack then capitalize on a blitz with a 19 yard TD pass from SR QB Logan Thomas to SR WR DJ Coles. The defense kept penetrating the offensive line distrupting the run game and forcing a bad throw on a third and long. The Hokies would fail to get a drive going on their second possesion which allowed USC to adjust their gameplan. Siegal would hook up with his receivers twice for major yardage. On a 3rd and goal this drive finally ended with a 1 yard TD run.
The Hokies would respond with another long drive but could only get a FG giving the Hokies the lead 10-7. The Tech defense forced a quick 3 and out with only a minute left before the half. The Trojan punt would place the Hokies on their 4 yard line. Looking to catch the coach Bigtubb off guard, Tech would call a pass play. Tech QB kept eyeing his WR for too long and didn't see the LB sitting in the corner who would get an interception and nearly return it for the TD. Their FB would score giving USC the lead 14-10 with only 35 secs left in the half. With all their timeouts Tech would get the ball back and drive it down into field goal range cutting the USC lead to 14-13.
In the second half both defenses would force the other team to punt until late in the 3rd when Tech QB L.Thomas would convert several 3rd downs and run the ball in the endzone from 6 yards out.
USC would answer immediately with a long 58 yard TD pass. Still down by one but now in the 4th qtr the Hokies got a few first downs. On a 3rd and 7 the Hokies would get 6.9 yards on a dive run to the 42 yard line. On 4th and inches Tech went for the first down and David Wilson found a seam for a 58 yard TD run. This TD gave the Hokies the 1 TD lead (after getting the 2 pt conversion)
With the final minutes winding down, USC had control and ran their offense to perfection. With only 1 minute left they would score on a 31 yard TD pass. The Hokies had to get into FG range as fast as possible but the Trojan defense would cause some problems. After barely getting a first down on a 3rd and long the clock became a problem. 30, 29, 28 seconds with only one time out left on the 50 yard line Logan Thomas would find Freshman TE dragging accross the middle for a 10 yard gain and with 5 secs left Thomas would hit SR WR DJ Coles on a post route. With one second left the Hokies call a timeout and set up for the game winning FG. USC would then ice the kicker. SR Kicker would go wide right but barely make it inside the right goal post as time expired.
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